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Urban and Rural Population

Urban density refers to the number of individuals inhabiting a given urbanized area.

Why This Matters
Barbados is a Caribbean country of only 166 square miles. Data surrounding urban density by parish matters so government and their respective agencies can effectively and efficiently budget and provide essential services to them. This data highlights density by parish in a 10 year time frame from the years 1990-2010. By gathering data on density we have insight on how to categorize parishes by ‘high’ or ‘low’ density measures, as well as the trends and changes to the subset of the population. How we decide where to live is very important as it relates to sustainable development due to increasing population, social services and basic needs.
The parish of St. Michael has the highest density since 1990.

Measurement and Limitations
Data for urban density 2020 was not collected due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Data Source
Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) Population Census 1990-2010



Urban and Rural Population in the Sustainable Development Goals

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11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Related Urban and Rural Population Targets


By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums


By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons